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Registration & licensing requirements

Utah State law requires you to have sufficient liability insurance and a valid driver’s license in order to operate a vehicle. The term “vehicle” generally includes automobiles, motorcycles, vans, trailers and boats regularly parked or garaged overnight. Further, your vehicle must be properly registered. Even though you are in the Military, you may be required to register your vehicle in-state and obtain an in-state license within a few months of moving. Access complete information on insurance, driver’s licensing, and where and how to register your vehicle by visiting the State Department of Motor Vehicles website.

 

State laws

You and your passengers must always wear seatbelts while driving, you will be ticketed and issued heavy fines if seatbelts are not secured. State law requires that all children under 8 years of age or smaller than 57 inches be properly restrained in child seats/booster seats. Some states also require younger, smaller children to sit in the back seat.

Motorcycles and their operators are subject to special laws. If you own and operate a motorcycle, you must comply with those laws. Visit the State Department of Motor Vehicles website for more information.

Many States and local jurisdictions have strict laws about the use of cell phones and other digital devices while driving. Research these laws on the State Department of Motor Vehicles website. Tickets will be issued and fines assessed for violating these laws. Play it safe and always use a “hands free” device if you must use a cell phone or other PDA while driving. Hands-free devices must be used while operating a motor vehicle on ALL military installations worldwide.

 

Registering vehicles on base

It is not required to register your vehicle with the Pass and ID office. Although, it is required for all DoD ID cardholders to register their ID in DBIDS (Defense Biometric Identification System). This allows security forces the ability to scan your ID at the gate. ID holders can register their ID cards at the Military Personnel Flight, Bldg 430.

All vehicles entering or leaving Hill AFB are subject to search.

 

Utah vehicle registration

To find locations and time for the Utah Department of Motor Vehicles, visit their website. Military personnel do not have to license their motor vehicle in Utah if it is licensed in their state of residence.

Information needed to register a vehicle in Utah includes:

  • most recent registration
  • title
  • Utah safety inspection certificate
  • Utah emissions certificate
  • serial number (VIN)
  • the names of all persons that must appear on the new title

Vehicles with plates from Guam, Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories or U.S. Forces plates from Europe, Korea, Japan or another countries must obtain Utah or other state-of-residence license plate within 60 day of arrival in Utah.

 

Base regulations

All Utah traffic laws apply on Hill AFB. Seatbelts are mandatory. State, local and base officials can stop vehicles for suspected non-use of seatbelts. Child seat/booster seats are mandatory for children up to 8 years of age or 4’9″. Speed limits on base are 25 mph unless otherwise posted. Cell phone use is prohibited on base unless a hands free device is being used. Utah has a “basic speed law” which prohibits a driver from traveling faster than is reasonably safe. Construction zone speed limits are strictly enforced and speeding fines are doubled. Interstate highway speed is 65 mph and rural interstate highway speed is 75 mph.

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